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Fibromyalgia the mystery pain disorder

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Fibromyalgia - Statistics show that between 3 and 6% of the U.S. population suffers from fibromyalgia (FM), the chronic pain disorder. Women are most often affected, but men and children have been known to have FM. Fibromyalgia can seriously affect one’s life, relationships, work and interests. Common symptoms include:

  • chronic, widespread pain that affects various parts of the body;
  • hyper-sensitivity in specific areas of the body when pressure is applied;
  • extreme fatigue and problems achieving deep, restorative sleep;
  • depression, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, facial pain, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, dizziness, impaired memory and/or concentration, dry mouth and eyes, anxiety, and others.

While many prescription and over-the-counter medications exist to alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia, studies are now being conducted into the effectiveness of complementary and alternative methods of treatment (CAM).

While CAM methods have existed for centuries, modern studies, such as the ones at Mayo Clinic, are only now beginning to clinically research their benefits.

In this interesting episode Bobbie shows how you can move past the pain and into a quality of life you may not have thought possible!